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Reading Research Area:

Complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension); It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information and ideas

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Ralph Córdova, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Ralph A. Córdova Jr. is an educational ethnographer and researcher. He “grew up teaching” as teacher-researcher in elementary bilingual Spanish/English settings in Santa Barbara, CA. During these early years, he collaborated long-term with Drs. Judith Green, Carol Dixon, Beth Yeager and Sheridan Blau, founders of the Center for Teaching for Social Justice at University of California Santa Barbara. This shared work helped Córdova to draw on an interactional ethnographic perspectives and literary theories to conceive of formal learning places like classrooms, and, semi-formal places such as museums as cultural landscapes for learning. He has worked closely with the National Writin...
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Gwendolyn Y. Turner, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Founders Professor

Professor Turner received her Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas and her BA from Arkansas State University. She has served as a Social Studies Teacher, Reading and Communications Specialist, Adult Educator, Educational Consultant and Teacher Educator. She has served as a board member of the College Reading Assocation, English Language Learning Center, Scholarship Foundation, and MO Partners of the Americas. She is a member of the National Conference for Research in Literacy, the International Reading Association, International Council on Education for Teaching, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Turner has served as a visiting Professor in South Africa, Brazil, and Bolivia and is keenly interested ...